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#ASH13 Conference Blog

A large number of physicians, scientists and allied health staff from Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical Laboratories are currently at the 55th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exhibition.

Follow along on this blog as we chronicle our time in New Orleans, La.

 


Posted on Dec. 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Farewell #ASH13

We had a great time at #ASH13, and hope all of the exhibitors and attendees did as well! Thank you for following our live blog.

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Posted on Dec. 9. at 4:30 p.m.

Poster presentations - Dec. 9

With 75 posters featuring one or more Mayo Clinic author, Mayo Clinic is well represented at tonight’s poster sessions. Congratulations to all of our authors.

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Posted on Dec. 9 at 1:21 p.m.

Transfusion medicine presentation offers insight to latest research, guidelines

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Dr. Zimring summarizes his presentation on the latest research in transfusion medicine.

One of the many sessions we attended today discussed current hot topics and trends in transfusion medicine. One of the presenters summed it up well with the comment, “Iron is really hot right now.” In the hour and a half session, three experts in the field covered the current literature and some of the bleeding edge research in the field of transfusion medicine.

The first speaker was Dr. Ziggy Szczepiorkowski, who provided an overview of several clinical trials and guidelines on optimizing patient blood management. The key points of his 30-minute presentation were the well conceived and executed guidelines offer significant support to the decision making process, red blood cell transfusion guidelines can significantly impact the frequency of transfusions, and quite a bit more research is required in the areas of platelet and plasma transfusions.

Next up, Dr. Susan Leitman reviewed the ethology of and clinical presentation, laboratory diagnosis, treatment, and assessment of response to phlebotomy therapy of genetic hemochromatosis syndromes involving variant HFE alleles. According to her presentation, HH subjects can safely and significantly augment the allogeneic blood supply and use of HH subjects as donors improves patient care and benefits the community. Additionally, policies should be adopted to educate all parties.

Finally, Dr. James Zimring described the morphological, biochemical, and functional changes that red blood cells undergo during prolonged storage. He outlined a large number of studies comparing fresh blood and stored blood, with many of the studies providing contradictory and controversial results.


 

Posted on Dec. 9 at 10:32 a.m.

Last day in New Orleans and at #ASH13

ASH 2013 has been a great success for attendees and exhibitors alike. More than 22,000 attendees are here in New Orleans joining the discussion about an expansive list of hematology-related subjects. We will be attending a number of sessions ranging from transfusion medicine to genomics in hematology 101. The exhibit (#3109) is now open until 2 p.m. Stop by and say hello before you leave the conference.

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Posted on Dec. 8 at 5:50 p.m.

Poster presentations – Dec. 8

Tonight, Mayo Clinic is very well represented at the poster sessions. Nearly 60 posters have at least one Mayo Clinic author. Congratulations to all of our authors.
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Posted on Dec. 8 at 3:13 p.m.

Special symposium discusses the future of hematology

In celebration of what would have been Wallace H. Coulter’s 100th birthday, ASH held the, “Special Symposium on Innovation and the Future of Hematology.” The presenters were: Stuart H. Orkin, M.D. of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Harvard Medical School and Noble-prize winner Bruce A. Beutler, M.D., of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The presenters delivered a wide-range of background and views on hematology-related subjects, including the key role of laboratory medicine and its methods in research and patient care.

Dr. Orkin discussed cellular hematopoiesis including the hierarchy from stem cells to downstream lineages, the importance of transcriptional control from single genes to gene networks, how gene enhancers make sense of what was considered “junk DNA,” and new opportunities for gene manipulation and therapeutics.

Dr. Beutler started off his presentation with an overview of the evaluation of adaptive immunity including an overview of immune evolution from the Precambrian era to the present day. Complex as it is, a lot can go wrong with immunity as illustrated by the fact that there are hundreds of immune deficiency disorders by single gene mutations in humans. Beutler explained that the immune system should be considered as a complex machine and genes and phenotypes are some of the important parts to that machine. He then discussed how his laboratory’s research design for studying mutations is using mice. A database of mutations and phenotypes induced by ENU are posted online at http://emutagenetix.utsouthwestern.edu.

Dr. Orkin pays tributes to the contributions of Dr. Coulter to the fields of laboratory medicine and hematology.

Dr. Orkin pays tributes to the contributions of Dr. Coulter to the fields of laboratory medicine and hematology.


 

Posted on Dec. 8 at 1:13 p.m.

Coulter award ceremony has a laboratory twist

The first afternoon general session started with the award ceremony of the Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology. The award honors the inventor of the Coulter blood counter, a revolutionary technology that is still in use in clinical and research laboratories around the world. Congratulations to Sir David John Weatherall, M.D., of Oxford University.

The program was a fascinating look back at the contributions of Coulter to laboratory medicine and hematology.

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Sir David John Weatherall, M.D., received the Coulter award from the president of ASH.


 

Posted on Dec. 8 at 11:03 a.m.

Ready for Day #2

After a busy Saturday at ASH13 and a night of networking with friends and colleagues, we are excited for another great day at the annual meeting and exhibition. Activities slated for today include the MML exhibit and a number of scientific presentations from several of our colleagues at Mayo Clinic.

The great hall at this year's ASH annual meeting and exhibition.

The great hall at this year’s ASH annual meeting and exhibition.


Posted on Dec. 7 at 6:03 p.m.

Happy holidays, New Orleans style

To end the day on a lighter note, the New Orleans Holiday Parade was today. Blocks from the convention center, the citizens of New Orleans had a festive time celebrating the season. Here are some photos from today’s parade.
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Posted on Dec. 7 at 5:23 p.m.

Poster presentations – Dec. 7

There are approximately 40 poster presentations with one or more Mayo Clinic authors this evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Halls E and G. Congratulations to tonight’s presenters.

Nearly 40 posters presentations on Saturday had one or more Mayo Clinic author.

Nearly 40 posters presentations on Saturday had one or more Mayo Clinic author.


Posted on Dec. 7 at 11:01 a.m.

Stop by and say hello!

A wide range of Mayo Clinic physicians and scientists will be at our booth #3109. Presenters from yesterday’s pre-conference symposium will be there throughout the conference along with many other folks who can answer your questions about our recent advancements in hematology-related laboratory testing.

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Posted on Dec. 7 at 8:37 a.m.

Ready to go in New Orleans

The 55th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exhibition is now open in New Orleans, La. Saturday promises to be a great first day to this year’s conference.

The New Orleans convention center.

The New Orleans convention center.


Posted on Dec. 6

ASH Pre-Conference Symposium a success

Dr. Pruthi going over the details of a case study related to coagulation

Dr. Pruthi going over the details of a case study related to coagulation

More than 250 attendees came to Mayo Medical Laboratories Friday Satellite Symposium on “Cost-Effective, Diagnostically Efficient Laboratory Test Utilization Strategies for Hematologic Disorders.” The symposium preceded the 55th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exhibition.

Hematopathologist from Mayo Clinic delivered seven presentations over the course of the morning ranging from test utilization to interactive case studies. A list of presentations and presenters is included below.

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Dr. Reichard presenting, “Genetic Testing Approach in Myelodysplastic Syndrome and Acute Myeloid Leukemia.”

Using an interactive audience response system, Dr. Pruthi polls the audience on the appropriate approach to a case study.

Using an interactive audience response system, Dr. Pruthi polls the audience on the appropriate approach to a case study.

PRESENTATION PRESENTER
Pre-conference Check In / Registration / Breakfast Room 391-392, Third Level, Ernest. N. Morial Convention Center
Healthcare Reform and Hematology – The Value of a Laboratory and Pathology Utilization Program Curtis A. Hanson, MD
Optimal Test Utilization for Bone Marrow Staging Evaluations   Paul J. Kurtin, MD
B Cell Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: Testing Strategies for Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Response to Therapy Paul J. Kurtin, MD
Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Curtis A. Hanson, MD
Refreshment Break
Genetic Testing Approach in Myelodysplastic Syndrome and Acute Myeloid Leukemia Kaaren K. Reichard, MD
Effective Testing for the Diagnosis of Complex Hemoglobinopathies and Erythrocytosis        James D. Hoyer, MD
Coagulopathy Cases: Clinical and Laboratory Correlates and Optimal Laboratory Utilization Rajiv K. Pruthi, MBBS
Adjourn

Posted on Dec. 6

Welcome to ASH 2013

In this 90 second video, the Chair of Mayo Clinic’s Division of Hematopathology outlines some of the exciting activities Mayo Clinic hematology personnel will be participating in at the 55th ASH Annual Meeting and Exhibition including a pre-conference symposium, Mayo Medical Laboratories’ booth #3109 and various presentations and other academic activities.

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